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  1. Speech Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice
    1. 2017
    2. 2018

MSc Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice

Fostering critical reflection, specialist knowledge, and joint professional practice between school-based professionals supporting children with speech, language and communication needs

Key Information

Start date

January 2018


Full-time: One year
Part-time: Two years

Full time study requires one year for the taught modules, and up to one year for the dissertation.

Part-time study involves two years for taught modules, and up to one year for the dissertation.

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Full-time: £8,000

Part-time: £4,000 per year


Full-time: £16,000

Part-time: £8,000 per year

Who is it for?

This  course is suitable for school-based professionals who provide support for children with speech, language and communication needs.

It is designed for students looking to gain high level knowledge and analytical skills, share their professional experience and perspectives and access current research in their field.

Students will be aiming to raise their profile as a specialist and leader in speech, language and communication needs in the school setting.


The MSc in Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools is jointly run by City, University of London and UCL Institute of Education. It brings together speech and language therapists, teachers and other graduate school-based practitioners for collaborative study. The programme is designed to enable students to:

  • Understand and critically reflect on research and professional practice across both education and health
  • Develop high level knowledge of educational contexts and children’s language, social, emotional and behavioural development and needs
  • Enhance students’ understanding of research methods and skills
  • Complete a research project in a chosen area under expert supervision
  • Enjoy stimulation and fresh thinking in a community of fellow students, practitioners and research experts
  • Gain recognition as a specialist in the field.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent qualification and either:

  • a professional qualification in teaching or Speech and Language Therapy or
  • at least two years' experience in an educational setting working with children with speech, language and communication needs.

English requirements

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for January 2018 are open, please make your applications online below. Applications will close mid-December 2017.

January 2018

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Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

Speech and Language Masters programmes from City

Find out more about City’s MSc Speech, Language and Communication (Advanced Practice) and the MSc Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice from leading Professors Jane Marshall and Shula Chait from the School of Health Sciences Division of Language & Communication Science.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

Modules are facilitated by experienced clinicians, teachers and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive methods. Some modules take place in large groups supplemented by small group discussion or laboratory sessions that provide hands-on experience of statistical analyses. Specialist modules take place in small groups combining lecturing with student-led discussion and workshop activities often drawing on participants' professional experiences. Moodle, the virtual learning environment at both institutions, provides an online platform for sharing module information and interactive learning. These methods support and are supported by self-directed study.


Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments that may include essays, literature reviews, oral presentations, poster presentations, case studies, and data analyses. Assessments require critical evaluation of the research on key issues; selective application of theory and research to a particular setting, group or individual in the student's experience; understanding of research methods; and skills in statistical analysis.


The taught programme comprises:

  • four core modules
  • either one elective module worth 30 credits or two elective modules each worth 15 credits
  • a research dissertation.

Teaching takes place in three 10-week terms: autumn, spring and summer. Students will normally take one module per term part-time or two modules per term full-time.

Each module runs over 3-5 whole days, 10 evenings or 10 half days. In addition, students will be expected to spend approximately half a day a week reading around the taught sessions, preparing for discussion, or completing short exercises.
Students have up to one year to complete the research dissertation.

Core modules

  • Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education (30 credits) (Autumn term, one evening per week)
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development (30 credits) (Summer term, one evening per week)
  • Language Learning and Development (15 credits) (Spring term, two whole days in January and one whole day in March)
  • Foundations of Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (15 credits) (Spring term, five whole days)

Elective modules

Elective modules are chosen from many available at both institutions and timing depends on module choice. Popular electives include:


  • Literacy Development (30 credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health (30 credits)
  • Reading and Spelling Difficulties (30 credits)
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) (30 credits)
  • Autism: Research and Practice (30 credits)

At City, University of London:

Career prospects

This MSc qualification raises graduates’ profile as a specialist and leader in speech, language and communication needs in the school setting. It is an advantage for teachers and clinicians seeking higher grade specialist and managerial posts.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) and some research posts.

Please note that this MSc does not lead to professional qualification as a speech and language therapist or teacher.

Applications for January 2018 are open, please make your applications online below. Applications will close mid-December 2017.

January 2018

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